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VOL. 133 | NO. 121 | Monday, June 18, 2018

The Week Ahead: June 18-24

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Good morning, Memphis! Summer officially arrives Thursday with the solstice (aka the longest day of the year). Celebrate by taking in an evening Redbirds game or outdoor movie – or head indoors for one of nearly a dozen chamber music concerts. Here’s what else you need to know about in The Week Ahead...


The first-place Memphis Redbirds begin a four-game homestand with a 7:05 p.m. game Thursday vs. the New Orleans Baby Cakes, the Miami Marlins’ Triple-A affiliate. The series continues Friday at 7:05, Saturday at 6:35 (with postgame fireworks) and Sunday at 2:05.
Oh, and Friday is “Star Wars Night,” complete with Vader-esque Harrison Bader bobbleheads for the first 1,500 fans through the gates.

(Daily News/Hoston Cofield)

Chamber music takes center stage this week with two festivals comprising nearly a dozen concerts...
• Luna Nova Music’s Belvedere Chamber Music Festival returns Wednesday through Saturday at Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 1720 Peabody Ave. There’s a concert at 7:30 each night, plus 3:30 matinee concerts on Thursday and Friday. Admission is free.
• The PRIZM Music Camp & International Chamber Music Festival enters its second week with concerts Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Shady Grove Presbyterian, 5530 Shady Grove Road. The concerts give the diverse Memphis-area students participating in the camp a chance to perform alongside PRIZM’s faculty of professional musicians. Tickets can be purchased on PRIZM’s website.

And if you prefer country over classical, Midland, the Academy of Country Music New Vocal Group of the Year, is playing at Memphis Botanic Garden with American Idol Season 15 winner Trent Harmon. This 94.1 The Wolf at the Garden show is Wednesday night and starts at 7:30 p.m., with gates opening at 6 p.m. Food trucks and bars on site. Lawn chairs allowed (no outside food or drink allowed at the venue).


The Mid-South Transplant Foundation’s Ride for Life rolls out Sunday at 7 a.m., starting at Memorial Park Funeral Home & Cemetery, 5668 Poplar Ave. This is a noncompetitive, family-friendly 25-mile bike tour through East Memphis and Midtown, plus a special 1-mile fun ride for the kids – and CrepeMaker is providing breakfast afterward. The goal of this annual ride is to promotes awareness about organ and tissue donation – and the need for Mid-Southerners to become registered donors. (You can read more about the importance of organ and tissue donation and register in less than 5 minutes here.)

(Memphis College of Art)

Memphis College of Art is unveiling “The Face of the Opioid Epidemic,” a PSA campaign created by MCA design students in partnership with the Shelby County Health Department, Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Red Cross Mid-South Chapter, 1399 Madison Ave. The county hired MCA’s design lab class to create the PSAs for billboards, posters and social media. After the unveiling, County Mayor Mark Luttrell will lead a conversation about the opioid crisis and how individuals and organizations can help out.

Shelby County Commissioners meet Monday at 3 p.m. Among the items on the agenda is the second of three votes on the proposed county property tax rate of $4.05 from the current rate of $4.11. Commissioners are still sorting out a raft of amendments to Luttrell’s $1.3 billion budget proposal. Also to be discussed: a call for increased funding of the Shelby County Schools budget or a recommendation by Luttrell to go with his budget plan and let the next mayor and commission, who take office Sept. 1, figure out if there is a way to increase schools funding.

Memphis City Council members meet Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. at City Hall, and on the council’s agenda is approval of a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (aka PILOT) extension to fund a public garage for the proposed One Beale development. The council also begins discussions and could take the first of three votes on an ordinance that sets ground rules for bike share and scooter stations springing up around the city this spring.


Country chic is the appeal of Agricenter International’s annual Feast on the Farm gala. The Saturday feast, which runs from 6 p.m.to 11 p.m. at the Agricenter Expo Building, is the largest fundraiser for Agricenter’s education programs. It showcases 10 chefs and more than a dozen event chefs. The gala also has live entertainment, silent auctions as well as live auctions. The nonprofit’s education program annually reaches 10,000 students who get a deeper dive into all things ag. 

Dixon Gallery & Gardens’ South Lawn Cinema series gets creepy-crawly Thursday with an 8 p.m. screening of “Arachnophobia.” Blankets, chairs and snacks are welcome. Gates open at 7, and admission is free for Dixon members. Non-members, $5; children ages 4-10 years old, $2; children 3 & under, free.

Meanwhile, Overton Square’s free Chimes Square Movie Nights series features “Guardians of the Galaxy” Thursday at 8 p.m. in the Chimes Square courtyard. Folding chairs and blankets are welcome, but leave your coolers and alcohol at home. (Pro tip: Order dinner to go from your favorite Overton Square restaurant so you’re prepared for mid-movie noshing.)

The Daily News staff compiles The Week Ahead for you, our readers, every week. You'll receive it as part of our Monday online edition. Email associate editor Kate Simone at ksimone@memphisdailynews.com if you have items for consideration.

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